New transport MP ‘good’ for station bid

MP Patrick Mcloughlin meets the pupil cabinet at Highfields School Matlock
MP Patrick Mcloughlin meets the pupil cabinet at Highfields School Matlock

The appointment of a Derbyshire MP as Transport Minister has been hailed as ‘good news’ for Ilkeston’s bid for a train station.

Erewash MP Jessica Lee is now set to lobby Derbyshire Dales member Patrick McLoughlin about bringing a station back to the town, said to be the largest town on the UK rail network without one.

She said: “Patrick Mcloughin’s appointment has got to be good news for the train station campaign.

“I’ve had discussions with him before on several occasions about the issue so he already knows about the need for a station in Ilkeston.

“I managed to speak with him informally when I heard of his appointment and have told him that I will be contacting his office to arrange a meeting.”

Mr McLoughlin replaces Justine Greening, who revealed this summer that the Government is due to release £20m specifically to pay for new stations.

Derbyshire County Council will be able to bid for the remaining £3m it needs to make the dream a reality.

“I know that he uses the train every day and has a good knowledge of the local economic and social climate so he will understand the importance of a station for Ilkeston,” added Miss Lee.

Mr McLoughlin was unavailable for a comment this week.